(Can you stuff a database into a stocking?...)
Seneca Libraries is happy to announce that it has acquired a number of new e-resources for students, faculty, and staff, all of which are now available through the Seneca Libraries website using your Seneca e-mail username and password. In preparation for January, interested faculty members should contact their liaison librarians about incorporating content from these resources into their courses.
For the whole Seneca community, there is the Wiley Online Library
of over 1300 full-text peer-reviewed journals in the humanities, social sciences, and pure
and applied sciences (http://library.senecacollege.ca/resources/wileyonline.html). These titles are now active in our SFX Journal Title
Finder and our catalogue (Thanks, Sharon!), and persistent link and
alerts/RSS feed instructions have been posted to make direct linking to content easier. It must be noted that full text is
not available for all content in the Wiley platform and, unfortunately, the platform does not offer a way to limit a
search to our subscribed content only. When you run a search, only those
results with an open padlock icon next to them are content to which we
subscribe. Therefore, faculty members and staff should take advantage of the
persistent link instructions to create as many dedicated
content-specific links as
For engineering technology students and faculty, we have started a
subscription to CRC’s ENGnetBASE (http://library.senecacollege.ca/resources/crc_engnetbase.html).
This database of over 1800 multiple simultaneous user e-books covers a wider
range of engineering disciplines than our ENVIROnetBASE product (which we will
not be renewing upon the expiration of our subscription at the end of January),
including civil, electrical, computer/electronics, environmental, mechanical,
and industrial engineering. Instructions on how to create persistent links have
and MARC records for the titles are already in the catalogue: go into our catalogue,
limit to “eBooks Only” and search ENGnetBASE (all one word) (Thanks again, Sharon!).
Please note that these e-books are not downloadable.
Our EBSCO E-Book and Audiobook Collection has expanded substantially with a subscription to EBSCO's Community College E-Book Collection of over 43000 titles. These titles are downloadable and offer multiple simultaneous user access. We hope to have catalogue records for these titles soon, but for now please search the database directly (http://library.senecacollege.ca/resources/ebsco_ebook.html)
We have also been busy acquiring new OverDrive titles, with
an additional 180 titles, primarily fiction in support of our leisure
reading initiatives, added to our collection (http://library.senecacollege.ca/resources/overdrive.html)
since September. Catalogue records for all of these aren’t available yet, but you
may search our OverDrive site directly for the new offerings. We are planning
some changes to the site to make finding titles and finding help easier and, though not in place yet, OverDrive is planning to offer
in-browser reading of as much of their e-book content as they can. We hope
these changes will help increase our community’s usage of OverDrive. This collection is a great source of both academic and leisure reading materials.
Finally, this isn’t a new collection but Elsevier has made catalogue records available for their ScienceDirect Social and
Behavioural Science e-book collection and we have loaded them into our
catalogue (Thanks #3, Sharon!). Having the catalogue records will make finding this
book content easier: go into our catalogue,
limit to “eBooks Only” and search ScienceDirect (all one word). We urge all faculty and students to have a look because, in this case, the ScienceDirect name is a little misleading; there are books in there serving the digital creative arts, video
and audio production, business, nursing, and of course, the social sciences and
psychology and their allied disciplines (education, community services, healthcare, etc.). The e-books are not
downloadable, but our ScienceDirect subscription (http://library.senecacollege.ca/resources/sciencedirect.html) is an multiple simultaneous
user licence, so everyone will have access.
We hope all Senecans will find these new resources beneficial for their coursework and for curriculum development. If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Please also have a look at our new page on Downloading E-Books and E-Audiobooks, currently under development. It contains information on which of our e-book vendors offer downloading of content and transferring to mobile devices, instructions on how to do so, and, for faculty, important information on some of the pitfalls of using e-books as required course readings.